DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa state senator has located a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence.Let's hope the state legislature, governor and judges take a good look at it and heed its words.
Sen. Dennis Black of Lynnville says he located the copy while researching a central Iowa family's Civil War roots.
The document was printed in 1843 from a copperplate that is now on display in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
Black calls the print "an absolute treasure" that is owned by the citizens of Iowa. He says it will receive the special treatment it deserves and be put on public display for special occasions.
The document, printed on rice-paper, has been matted and encased in an inert environment.
Cultural affairs director Cyndi Peterson says the document will be on display during this year's Independence Day celebrations at the Iowa Historical Building in Des Moines.
Iowa state senator locates rare Declaration of Independence copy